Mike DiPietro: 13U Head Coach / 16U Assistant Coach / Private Instructor / Owner Brigade Baseball
DiPietro is a 1990 graduate of West Boylston High where he was a three-time varsity baseball starter in the outfield. Coach DiPietro is a member of the West Boylston Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the George Cook award, Athletics Director Award and was a Central Mass Football All-Star. After completing his active military service in the United States Navy, Coach DiPietro began his coaching career, which has continued for over 24 years. DiPietro has coached baseball at many different levels. Coach DiPietro began coaching at the Little League level (Clinton and West Boylston Little League), moved onto AAU baseball (12u – 17U levels), Varsity High School as a pitching coach for Bromfield School and Nashoba Regional High School and just completed his second year as the Head Littleton High School Varsity Coach, leading the Tigers to the Central Mass District Finals. For the 2018 season, Coach DiPietro was named 2018 Lowell Sun Coach of the Year. Coach DiPietro has been the head coach of four tournament winning teams, two tournament runner-up and part of the 2012 coaching staff for West Boylston Little League that captured the only district title in league history. Coach DiPietro is also a private pitching, hitting and fielding instructor. He can be reached at 978.502.2540 or email@example.com for lessons
Darren Magan: 12U Head Coach / 14U Assistant Coach / Private Instructor / Owner Brigade Baseball
1986 graduate of Holliston High School where he was a 4 time varsity baseball player and 3 year varsity football player. He played two years of college baseball as an outfielder and pitcher (Cape Cod Community College and then transferred to Hofstra University). Darren has spent over 11 years in youth baseball as a coach, vice president and player development coordinator in Harvard, MA. He was instrumental in developing the current Harvard Youth/AAU offering with introducing off-season programs to enhance the players skill levels and confidence. He has been involved with AAU baseball for 6 years as an assistant coach (11U, 12U and 13U) and the most recent 3 years, as a head coach (10U, 11U and 12U). In 2017, his 12U team finished in top 8 (out of 54 teams) in New England. His passion is developing future leaders while incorporating a life classroom on the baseball diamond.
Greg Parson: 11U Head Coach / Private Instructor
Greg Parson comes to Brigade Baseball with many years’ experience coaching at all levels of youth baseball. Greg played his high school baseball for Penn Yan Academy in Upstate NY where he earned first team all-league honors as a pitcher in 1990 and second team all-league honors as a second baseman in 1991. After high school, Greg played baseball at Finger Lakes Community College where he was a starting pitcher on the team that won the school’s first ever National Junior College Athletic Region III Championship. That team went on to play in the NJCAA Division III World Series; ultimately finishing 4th in the country. Greg went on to graduate from SUNY Brockport in 1998 with a BS in Health Sciences with a concentration in Elementary Education. Greg started coaching regularly in 2005 when his kids started playing baseball. Since then, Greg has managed and coached at all levels of little league, including managing the 2013 Massachusetts District III Little League Championship team from Leominster American Little League. Greg has also managed or coached several AAU teams at Triple Play Baseball ranging from 12U-14U. During the 2016 AAU season, Greg was the assistant coach on the Triple Play 14U team that won the New England Super Division Championship. Greg has also been an assistant coach the past 2 seasons at the New England Blazers on a 16U and a 17U team.
Jim McGuire: 15U Head Coach
Jim brings a wealth of coaching experience at both the Collegiate and HS level. Jim is presently the Head Football Coach At Fitchburg State University and the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at The Bromfield School. Jim's coaching career spans over a 35 yr period with stops at Assumption College, WPI, Algonquin Regional HS, Auburn HS and Hudson Catholic HS for football and Marian HS, Algonquin Regional HS, Marlborough HS, Marlborough American Legion and Triple Play AAU for baseball. As a player, Jim also participated in the 1983 National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado as a member of the Quinsigamond Community College Baseball Team. Jim resides in Clinton with his wife Laurie and has two children Jim, 29 and Cassie 27
Lonnie Quirion: 15U Assistant Coach / 12u Assistant Coach / Private Instructor
Quirion is a 1996 graduate of Hudson Catholic High School where he was a four-year starter in both baseball and football. He played one year of baseball and two years of football at Tufts University before graduating in 2000. Following graduation, Lonnie began his coaching career at Hudson Catholic High School where he served as head coach from 2001-2009. Lonnie went on to be an assistant coach at Worcester Technical High for two years before becoming the head coach at Marian High School from 2012-2015 and then head coach at The Bromfield School from 2016-present. Quirion has amassed over 170 wins in his fifteen years as a head coach and his teams have qualified for the MIAA playoffs in thirteen of those sixteen years. This past year he led Bromfield to their first ever league title and their first playoff appearance in over 30 years. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Lonnie was head coach of Marlborough’s American Legion team from 2007-2012 and has coached AAU baseball since 2011 at the 10U, 11U, 12U, and 18U levels. Lonnie is also a private pitching, hitting, and fielding instructor.
Matt Russell: 13U Assistant Coach
Matt Russell is a 2016 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelors degree in Crime/Justice Studies and History. He played all four years on the baseball team, and was named a captain senior year. Matt was a primary pitcher and played some second base. In his junior year he finished the season 13th in the nation in appearances. Matt historically ranks 6th in appearances at UMass Dartmouth, and was named to the Little East All-Academic team 3 years in a row. Currently Matt is a Learning Assistant and Middle School baseball coach at The Bromfield School in Harvard, MA. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Fitchburg State University studying History.
Jeff Cranston: 14U Head Coach
Jeff is a 1984 graduate of West Boylston High School where he was a three-year varsity baseball starter playing several positions. He was also a three-year varsity football two-way starter and named to the Telegram and Gazette All-Star team in 1983. Cranston is a graduate of Worcester State University where he played baseball in 1986 and 1987. During his college years he began his love of coaching. He coached Pop Warner Football in 1985 and 1986. He then coached for West Boylston High School from 1987-1990 serving as Junior Varsity Baseball Coach and Junior Varsity Football Coach. Coach Cranston was a part of the staff that led West Boylston High School to their first Super Bowl win in 1988.
Cranston has coached in many capacities in the last 30 years and brings a wealth of experience. He coached West Boylston Little League for many years, leading his team to 2 league championships as well as an All-Star Team that won the Holden Tournament and the Northboro Tournament. Cranston continued to coach Pop Warner throughout the years as well. Leading his team to the Central Mass Superbowl Championship in 2011 and to the Regionals in 2012. As a coach of North End Babe Ruth he coached three all-star teams that went on to the State finals, after winning the Worcester District Title. Cranston is a certified umpire and certified football referee.
Jordan Britton: 17U Head Coach
Britton is a 2011 graduate of Whittier Tech in Haverhill, MA where he was a 3 year varsity starter as a catcher and first baseman. Britton was the starting first baseman for the first baseball team to win a district championship in the schools history in 2010. He was also named team captain and Commonwealth Athletic Conference All Star in 2011. Jordan then went on to play baseball at Norwich University where he saw time at Catcher and First Base.
Britton began coaching after getting his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2015. He coached for Seacoast United (Hampton, NH) in 2016 and 2017 at the 13u and 14u level and In 2018 he coached for the Northeast Hurricanes (Salisbury, MA) at the 15u level. Jordan also has worked running clinics and private lessons for Play Ball in Salisbury, MA.
He currently teaches Health/Physical Education at Haverhill High School and is the Littleton High School JV Coach.
Mike Bartkus: Coach
Bartkus is a 2010 graduate of West Boylston Middle/High School where he was named a Mid-Wach League and Telegram & Gazette Central Mass All-Star during his senior season, which he had a .608 batting average. He was also a recipient of the Coach’s Award, which is given to the player that has meant the most to the team. During his college years at Nichols College, Bartkus began his coaching career.
Coach Bartkus has coached for seven years, at both West Boylston Middle/High School and Oxford High School. In those seven years, Bartkus has coached his teams to 99 wins and a winning percentage of .744. Throughout Bartkus’ playing and coaching career, he has been a part of 2 Little League Championship Titles, 1 Thirteen Year Old Babe Ruth Championship Title, 1 Senior Ruth Championship Title, 2 MIAA State Championships, 6 MIAA District Championships and has won 2 MIAA District Championship Titles. Bartkus has also served as the Director of Athletics for WBMHS, where he was the founder of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been a certified umpire for over seven years.
Mike is currently the JV Coach at Oxford High School
Jon Cruickshank: 13U Head Coach
Jon is member of the graduating class 1998 at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA). While at Hargrave he played 3 years of varsity football, basketball and baseball. He later attended Lasell College to play basketball and graduated in 2005. Coaching has always been his passion. Jon's baseball coaching career started in 2008 at Lasell College as an assistant coach for their club program, which was our year to recruit. Lasell officially became part of D3 NCAA baseball in the 2009 season. He was their for 7 full NCAA seasons. He held many roles during this time such as recruiting, fundraising and baseball operations. In 2017 Jon moved on to Marlboro HS to become the varsity assistant coach. This allowed him to be closer to his family. Jon currently is a board member for Marlboro Youth Baseball Association (since 2014). He has spent his last two spring AAU seasons as coach of New England Blazers 12U team. Jon has also coached a team of college prospects that travel to Dominican Republic to compete against current and former MLB prospects.
Alex Winkelmann: 13u Assistant Coach
Alex is a 2017 graduate from Saint Michael's College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Finance. At Saint Michael's, Alex was part of the starting rotation beginning his Freshman year. During his rookie campaign he was selected to the DII NE-10 All-Rookie Team and spent the summer playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Winnipesaukee Muskrats in Laconia New Hampshire. Prior to Saint Michael's Alex played high school baseball at Tilton Prep, where he served as captain his junior and senior year. He lead the team to consecutive Lakes Region Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Alex has eight years of coaching experience beginning as the manager of the Gilford Cal Ripken 12U All-Star team. In 2012 he led the Gilford All-Stars to their first ever District VI Championship with a tournament sweep. Other coaching experience includes a year at the 15U level, and three years as an assistant coach of the Post 1 Senior American Legion team in Laconia New Hampshire. While assisting with Post 1, the team made state tournament appearances two of the three years he was involved in the program.
Personal interests and hobbies include skiing, spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee, and going to Fenway to watch the Red Sox. Alex has been a certified umpire in the Granite State Umpire Association for 10 years.